Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
“I think if human beings had genuine courage, they'd wear their costumes every day of the year, not just on Halloween. Wouldn't life be more interesting that way? And now that I think about it, why the heck don't they? Who made the rule that everybody has to dress like sheep 364 days of the year? Think of all the people you'd meet if they were in costume every day. People would be so much easier to talk to - like talking to dogs.”
Douglas Coupland, The Gum Thief
It's Friday night. Time to unwind with our regular Friday night feature on This Just In.
The weekend has finally arrived.
The sun has set.
The evening sky has erupted.
Let's smooth our way into Saturday and Sunday.
Tonight we begin with a remake of a huge hit originally done by…
Fred Bronson wrote the following in The Billboard Book of Number One Hits, Billboard, 1988:
"He needed a song to play when they said, 'Let's hear Edgar Winter, bring him out here,'" remembers Rick Derringer. "So he wrote this song called 'The Double Drum Solo,' just for a working name, and every night when he came out he'd bring down the house. At the end of the song he'd get to play sax, he'd get to play keyboards, he'd get to play drums -- he'd get to play everything."
"When it came time for Edgar to do his first band album, They Only Come Out at Night, he wanted to include that instrumental in the album," Rick explains. "Bill Szymczyk and I -- I was the producer and he was the engineer -- were really looking forward to doing that song. To us, we're musicians, the rest of the album was a little more predictable. The one thing that seemed like it was going to be fun was the instrumental. At one point in the project Edgar started to be nervous. 'Oh, I don't know, it's a little too crazy. Is this gonna be too jazzy, to out of context for the rest of the album?' All of us voiced our opinions immediately, saying, 'It's fantastic, it's gotta be on the record.' We went ahead and finished it; we did some editing to shorten it, as it was too long in the live form."
"The editing is where Edgar got the name 'Frankenstein,' through all the little cuts and stuff, all the patches in (the) master."
I encourage you to Google on You Tube Edgar Winter performing like crazy in concert playing "Frankenstein" and performing on the sax, drums, and synthesizer.
Many years after Edgar Winter scored a monster hit here's contemporary bassist Marcus Miller and his cover version.
I’ve been very critical of John Rasche who reports for FranklinNOW, and rightfully so, primarily for posting stuff that’s much too late. And his editor gets some of the blame, too. When news happens it's no longer news when the story is published a week later.
But let’s give credit where credit is due. His articles have been published in a much more timely fashion. A meeting happens Tuesday and his story is posted Wednesday. Much better.
Now there’s still some work to be done, like asking tough questions. And I can’t say for certain, but I hope he’s not a “pillow.” By that, I hope he’s not being suckered by the last person he talks to on a story.
However, it’s nice to read the next day about a meeting that occurred the previous night.